RNC will stop paying Trump's legal bills if he runs for president: official

The committee's actions have been criticized by many, with some arguing that its apparent "unwavering support for Trump" serves as an "absolute disadvantage" for other candidates.

Jarryd Jaeger Vancouver, BC

Since 2021, the Republican National Committee has forked over almost $2 million to law firms representing former President Donald Trump.

On Wednesday, an RNC official revealed that the payments would stop if Trump were to announce a 2024 run.

The RNC official made the comments in an interview with ABC News, citing the organization's "neutrality policy," which prohibits it from supporting a particular candidate in presidential primaries.

As ABC reports, since October 2021, the RNC has paid over $1.73 million to three law firms representing the former president. Among those being paid by the RNC are those defending Trump against investigations into his family business.

The funding of Trump's legal battles was voted on during a 2021 RNC meeting, however at the time only $1.6 million was approved. Further payments were subject to the approval of the party executive committee.

According to ABC, the most recent payment occurred in mid-June, hinting that Trump has continued to hold onto his position at the helm of the Republican Party.

RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel said as much earlier this year, admitting that Trump "still leads the party."

The committee's actions have been criticized by many, with some arguing that its apparent "unwavering support for Trump" serves as an "absolute disadvantage" for other candidates hoping to run against him in the Republican presidential primary.

Whether or not he decides to run, thereby forfeiting any future assistance with his legal fees, remains to be seen.

In a February appearance on the Charlie Kirk show, Trump continued to flirt with the candidacy announcement that his supporters have long-awaited.

"Probably after the November election—the midterms they call them—I think people will be very happy," Trump said.

In a recent poll taken at the TPUSA Student Action Summit, Trump received the most support to remain the Republican candidate, beating out his biggest contender, Florida governor Ron DeSantis.


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